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Guest Post: Kentucky Circuit Court Clerks’ Trust for Life

115,000 men, women and children are waiting on a lifesaving transplant; in Kentucky that number is around 1,000. Being a registered organ donor is so important to many donor and recipient families across the entire state of Kentucky. It’s very significant in my life as well.

My name is Crysta McGee and I am a Community Educator for Kentucky Circuit Court Clerks’ Trust for Life in conjunction with Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates. I focus on youth and multicultural outreach. My story starts way before my job and only begins to explain why Kosair Charities means so much to me, TFL and KODA. All of our missions converge; all three organizations are involved in helping save lives.

My granddad was living the best retired life. While I went away to college, all that began to change for him. He started going into renal failure and was put on dialysis several days a week. The only cure for dialysis is a kidney transplant. Unfortunately, Granddaddy was ineligible for transplant for many reasons.

I saw my family’s situation and basically stereotyped organ donation and transplants (like many other people)- I thought it was something that just impacted older people. It would never happen to me nor anyone younger than me.

I was TOTALLY wrong.

The first day I walked into the TFL office on the Eastern Parkway Kosair Charities Campus (also known as the house of good deeds to me), I was hit with so many stories and pictures of children that have been impacted by this wonderful mission. Seeing these Kosair Kids® in the flesh has totally changed my way of thinking about donation and about life in general.

Louisville resident, Eleanor received a heart transplant when she was just 2 months old- she’s now 7, loves going to school and playing with her little sister.

Riley was born with Restrictive Cardiomyopathy. His parents were told he wouldn’t make it to 2 years old. Thanks to someone saying yes to donation, Riley just celebrated his 13th birthday and he’s competing in the upcoming Transplant Games of America. Posters of him are featured in Circuit Court Clerks Offices across the state.

Keegan saved 5 lives when he was 6 years old- 3 with his organs and his heart valves saved 2 little boys around his age. 75% of donated heart valves go to pediatric patients. I never got the chance to meet Keegan, but I know he was an awesome little dude from working with his mom Shannon.

Many more stories could be told about the people I’ve met and the stories I’ve been moved by, but I’ll spare you some reading!

We have space to celebrate these kids and their families as well as funds to go around the state and tell their stories thanks to Kosair Charities! Our partnership makes our reach even greater just by having the Kosair name attached.

Registering as an organ donor simply means if I could save a life, I would save a life. It could possibly help one of our Kosair Kids!

Remember to say YES to organ donation and be a rainbow in someone else’s cloud. Happy Donate Life Month! DonateLifeKY.org

To learn more about Trust for Life click here.

 

Get your car giveaway raffle ticket at the Kentucky State Fair NOW

1971 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Giveaway Benefiting Kosair Charities®
Chances will be sold at Kentucky State Fair August 18-28th  SW# 860-864

(Louisville, KY August 17, 2017) – For nine consecutive years, Kosair Charities volunteers have organized the rebuilding and raffling off a vintage car to raise funds for Kosair Kids® needing organ transplants. This year, Kosair Charities volunteer, Robert Hart and his team will be selling $10 raffle tickets for one lucky person to win a 1971 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray. Tickets will be for sale at the Kentucky State Fair, from August 18-28th, in booth number SW# 860-864 located in the South Wing. The booth is open daily from 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

 

The $10 raffle ticket also serves as an entry into the Classic Car Giveaway Celebration at the Kosair Shrine Center on November 10th. The celebration includes live music by The Monarchs, a cash bar, appetizers, a silent auction and the drawing of the winning ticket. The doors open at 6 p.m.Car 1IMG_5120

 

If you are unable to make it to this year’s Kentucky State Fair, you can also purchase tickets by visiting www.kosaircar.com or mailing a check made payable to Kosair Shrine to Kosair Charities, P. O. Box 37370, Louisville, KY 40233. You can also purchase raffle tickets at Craig and Landreth (5357 Dixie Hwy. Louisville, KY 40216). All net proceeds from tickets sold will benefit Kosair Charities.

The car giveaway has helped raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for Kosair Kids® since 2009. In 2016, the car giveaway grossed approximately $150,000. Thanks to generous support from our sponsors and the community, Kosair Charities and Trust for Life are able to better the lives are children across Kentucky and Southern Indiana.

Save the Date: Reach out for Kosair Kids® Event is scheduled for August 5

The sixth and final Reach Out for Kosair Kids® event is scheduled for Saturday, August 5, at the Cave City Convention Center in Cave City, Kentucky. The event kicks off with a parade at 8 a.m. (CDT) and activities begin at 9 a.m. (CDT).

This FREE event will feature many kid-friendly activities and other games that are free or  only cost a coin to play. It’s a day filled with activities for the entire family!

Reach Out for Kosair Kids® was founded in 2012 by the Glasgow Shrine Club to raise money to improve the lives of children throughout the Commonwealth. Since 2012, over $130,000 has been raised for Kosair Charities.

Kids 18 and under are welcome to play games to win tricycles, bicycles, XBox gaming systems, portable basketball goals, and many more prizes. Additional activities include: Inflatables, Hot Wheels races, karaoke, dunking booth, a cake walk, and more.

Kids and adults can both enjoy the cake walk and karaoke contest.  Many of the mascots will be returning this year – SoKy the weather dog, Poppy, Yogi Bear and Roscoe.

The live auction begins at 10 a.m. and will feature the 2017 Reach Out for Kosair Kids® Quilt. The popular Zaxby’s Wing Chomp returns for its sixth year and the silent auction kicks off at 9 a.m.  The antique tractor and car show will start at 9 a.m.

New this year is the layout of the Antique Tractor and Car Show that will award participating cars in four divisions with a trophy:

  • Best Car and Truck
  • Best Motorcycle
  • Best Antique Lawnmower
  • Best Tractor and Implements

An expansion of the Car and Truck division will crown the following:

  • Best of Antique Era: 1900-1949
  • Best of Classic Era: 1950-1964
  • Best of Muscle Era: 1965 -1973
  • Best of Modern Era: 1974 – present

Tickets for the 50-cent meal (hot dog, Coca-Cola®, chips and dessert) goes on sale at 9:30  a.m. and continues whiles supplies last.

Come and join us for the 6th and final Reach Out for Kosair Kids®, Saturday, August 5th, at the Cave City Convention Center, Cave City, Kentucky. Admission is FREE. This is a family friendly event!  Learn more by following  us on Facebook.

The Glasgow Shrine Club would like to thank the businesses and organizations who donate their time and services to provide food, trophies, activities, auction items and volunteers who help make this event possible.

 

 

MEDIA PHOTO OPPORTUNITY KENTUCKY ATHLETIC HALL OF FAME TO OFFICIALLY INDUCT 2017 CLASS TONIGHT

KAHF

WHAT:            Kosair Charities & the Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame to recognize and induct the Class of 2017.

WHO:                Class of 2017:
                               Marion Miley (award accepted by Myra Van Hoose Blackwelder – KAHF Class of 2007)
Rodger Bird
Howard Beth
Rob Bromley
Mike Battaglia
Dennis Lampley
Erwin “Swag” Hartel

High School Athletes: Brooke Forde and Geordan Blanton

WHEN:        6:00 p.m. Reception and Silent Auction
7:15 p.m. Dinner
8:00 p.m. Induction Ceremony

 MEDIA PHOTO OPPS:

Invocation: Pat Day
My Old Kentucky Home sung by members of the Louisville Chamber Choir
Emcee: Paul Rogers

HS Athletes Award: Brooke Forde from Sacred Heart Academy and Geordan Blanton from Johnson Central High School, presented by Ellis and Badenhausen,

BEST PHOTO OPP: Cocktail hour from 6-7 p.m. with the athletes. There will be a group photo of the inductees on stage at 6:45 p.m. 

WHERE:            Crowne Plaza Louisville 830 Phillips Ln, Louisville, KY 40209

MORE:              The Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame recognizes athletes and sports figures who were born in or who played their respective sport in the state of Kentucky. Each inductee will receive a bronze plaque that will hang inside Louisville’s Freedom Hall. Past inductees include Muhammad Ali, Pee Wee Reese, Pat Day, Denny Crum and many more. This semi-formal event includes a silent auction, dinner, and a program. All proceeds from the silent auction benefit Kosair Charities.=

NOTE: Media is welcome to stay and enjoy dinner. Please RSVP if you plan to do so.

The 2017 Class of Inductees are listed below:

Marion Miley: From 1936 to 1941, Marion Miley was the best female golfer in America, winning numerous amateur regional championships in the years before the formation of the LPGA. Her prowess on the links, combined with her youthfulness, athleticism and good looks, propelled her to international celebrity. It all came to a tragic end when, at the age of 27, she was murdered during a robbery at the Lexington Country Club. Today she is remembered as a pioneer in women’s sport whose legacy of courage and achievement paved the way for future generations.

Mike Battaglia: Mike Battaglia, eldest son of the late John Battaglia, who created the Spiral Stakes, an early prep for the Kentucky Derby, started announcing horse races in 1972. He called races at Turfway, Keeneland and Churchill Downs, where he called 19 Kentucky Derbys, from Affirmed in 1978 to Grindstone in 1996. He began working for NBC in 1993 and covered all Triple Crown and Breeders Cup races as an analyst and interviewer until 2014. He is the morning line maker for Churchill Downs, Turfway, and Keeneland, where he is also the on-air handicapper.

 

Dennis Lampley: A legend in Kentucky high school football. Dennis Lampley arrived at Trinity in 1971 and served as defensive coordinator on three state title teams before becoming head coach. He compiled a career record of 138-21, winning five state titles in 10 years, including a state record 50-game win streak from 1988-91. Five of his teams were in the USA Today Top 25. He was National Coach of the Year in 1990, inducted in KHSAA Hall of Fame in 2003, National High School Coaches Hall of Fame in 2012, and Louisville Catholic Sports Hall of Fame in 2014.

Kenny Klein:  Kenny Klein is the longtime senior associate athletic director and sports information director at the University of Louisville, joining the Cardinals’ staff in 1983. A graduate of Murray State, Klein is a member of the College Sports Information Directors of America Hall of Fame. He has worked in media operations for the NCAA Final Four since 1985, multiple PGA Championships and Ryder Cups, the Kentucky Derby, and 1987 Pan American Games. He received the 2012 Katha Quinn Award from the US Basketball Writers Association for outstanding service.

 

Howard Beth: Howard Beth coached the Marshall County Lady Marshals for 30 years. He retired in 2010 with a record of 794-149. Included in this record are five trips to the finals of the LIT, winning the title twice. His teams made 19 appearances in the Sweet 16 state tournament, including a state runner-up title in 1981. His teams captured state titles in 1982 and 1984, that year going unbeaten (34-0). He was inducted into the KHSAA Hall of Fame in 1994 and Kentucky High School Basketball Hall of Fame in 2013.

Rodger Bird: The youngest of the fabulous Bird brothers (the others were Jerry, Calvin and Billy) from Corbin, Ky., Rodger held virtually every UK rushing record when he graduated in 1966. A first team All-American, he was a first-round draft pick by the Oakland Raiders, where he was AFL Defensive Rookie of the Year. In 1968 Bird became the first Kentucky native and former Wildcat to play in a Super Bowl.

Erwin “Swag” Hartel: The world-class runner grew up in England. He ran a 1:50:8 and was the fastest 17-year-old half-miler in the world. He came to US on a track scholarship to WKU. He placed 2nd in the British Championship with a 3:40:6, his fastest-ever 1,500 meters. He ran lead off leg for two British relay records and was an Olympic Trials participant. In 1977 he won the first Bluegrass 10,000. In 1979 he won the Ky. Derby Mini-Marathon. In 1981 he ran his first marathon in Louisville 2:19:23. He ran 64 10Ks in under 30 minutes in many towns across Kentucky.

Rob Bromley: Rob Bromley served as sports anchor at WKYT-TV in Lexington for more than 40 years, one of the longest tenures for a sportscaster in Kentucky. His career at WKYT included a run of 30 years on the UK Television Network doing play-by-play, color commentary and sideline reporting. In 2015, he was inducted into the NATAS Ohio Valley Silver Circle, honoring 25 years or more of distinguished service to the television industry. He was named Kentucky Sportscaster of the Year for 2016 by the National Sports Media Association.

 

2017 High School Athletic Class includes:

Sacred Heart Academy’s Brooke Forde and Johnson Central’s Geordan Blanton have been named Dr. Rudy J. Ellis Sports Medicine Center Kentucky Athletes of the Year.

Brooke Forde: Brooke Forde has not only been one of the top high school female athletes in the state of Kentucky during her four-year career, but has also been one of the elite swimmers in the entire nation. She helped lead Sacred Heart to four straight swimming state titles and currently holds two individual and one relay state record. As a senior, Forde was named to the All-State team after winning state titles in the 200 and 500 freestyles – setting the record in both races – also winning as a member of the 200 medley and 400 freestyle relays teams. Ranked as the No. 1 college prospect nationally by Collegeswimming.com, Forde has signed with Stanford, has been a member of the U.S. Junior National Team since 2015 and was a 2016 Olympic Trials qualifier in four events.

 

Geordan Blanton:  Geordan Blanton is one of Kentucky’s top football players and wrestlers but will attend Marshall University on a baseball scholarship. Blanton is one of the best three-way athletes Kentucky has seen in years. In football, Blanton helped Johnson Central to the school’s first Class 4-A state championship last season. He played defensive back and wide receiver, was a finalist for Mr. Football, and named Class 4-A Player of the Year.  In wrestling, Blanton won two state titles, finished third overall, and made it to the quarterfinals in his other season. Blanton has also been the star for the Golden Eagles baseball team that made it to the State Tournament during his junior season. Blanton is the team leader in every statistic category – batting average (just under .500), doubles, triples, home runs, RBIs and stolen bases. He was named All-State as a junior and was named the Daily Independent Player of the Year. Geordan is a top candidate for Mr. Baseball honors this season.

 

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About the Kosair Charities:

Since 1923, Kosair Charities has had one primary mission – helping children in need. Kosair Charities knows that the quality of a child’s tomorrow depends largely on the quality of health, medical treatment, and support a child receives today. Kosair Charities supports over 100 pediatric agencies in our community by donating funding for research, clinical services, health education and care every year. For more information, please visit https://kosair.org or call 502.637.7696. Follow Kosair Charities on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SAVE THE DATE: 5th Annual Reach Out for Kosair Kids® Saturday, August 6, 2016 at the Cave City Convention Center

(Cave City, KY, June 29, 2016). The fifth annual Reach Out for Kosair Kids® is scheduled for Saturday, August 6th, at the Cave City Convention Center in Cave City, Kentucky.  The event kicks off with a parade at 8 a.m. (CDT) and activities begin at 9 a.m. (CDT).

This FREE event has many no cost kid-friendly activities and other games that are only a coin. New this year is the kids’ costume parade that will begin at 9:45 a.m. (CDT), pie in the face game along with many other new games for kids. It’s a day filled with many activities for the entire family!

Reach Out for Kosair Kids® is a fundraiser for Kosair Charities® and hosted by the Glasgow Shrine Club. Since 2012, over $91,700 has been raised for Kosair Charities.

Kids 18 and under can play games to win tricycles, bicycles, XBoxOne gaming systems, portable basketball goals, and many more prizes.  Other activities include: Door prizes, cake walk, dunking booth, inflatables, karaoke, a Hot Wheels race and more. The mini cheerleading clinic will be conducted by the Glasgow High School cheerleading team.

The live auction begins at 10 a.m. and will feature the 2016 Reach Out for Kosair Kids® Quilt. The popular Zaxby’s Wing Chomp returns for its fifth year and the silent auction kicks off at 9 a.m.  The antique tractor and car show will start at 9 a.m.

Kids and adults can both enjoy the cake walk and karaoke contest.  Door prizes will be given away every 15 minutes alternating between kids and adults. Many of the mascots will be returning again this year – Radar the weather dog, Poppy and Roscoe.

The 50-cent meal (hot dog, Coca-Cola®, chips and dessert) goes on sale at 10 a.m. and continues whiles supplies last.

The kids’ prizes and 50-cent meal are made possible through the generous monetary and product donations of local businesses, individuals, Masonic lodges, Eastern Star chapters and other organizations.  These donations are greatly appreciated.

We also appreciate the donations from the businesses and organizations who donate their time and services to provide food, trophies, activities, auction items, and volunteers that help make this event possible.

Come and join us for our 5th annual Reach Out for Kosair Kids®, Saturday, August 6th, at the Cave City Convention Center, Cave City, Kentucky.  Parade starts at 8 a.m. (CDT) – activities begin at 9 a.m. (CDT).  FREE ADMISSION – FREE KIDS’ ACTIVITIES. Fun for the entire family!  Follow us on Facebook.

SAVE THE DATE: Press Conference & Event Date Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame To Induct Seven New Members during Press Conference: April 18 at 10 a.m. & Event: Wednesday, June 2 at 6 p.m.

WHAT |          2016 Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees to be introduced at a press conference at the KFC YUM! Center on Monday, April 18. The list of new inductees are listed below.

WHEN |          Press Conference:   Monday, April 18 at 10 a.m., KFC YUM Center

SAVE the Event Date: June 2, 2016 at The Crowne Plaza Louisville

WHERE |        Press Conference to be held at the KFC Yum! Center

COST |            $100 per ticket; $800 for table of 8. $3000 for sponsorship table (table of 8 plus 2 seats at an inductee’s table)

MORE |           The Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame celebrates it’s 53rd Anniversary and will hold the annual banquet to induct seven of Kentucky’s premiere athletes to the Hall of Fame. The Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame honors athletes and sports figures who were born in or who played their respective sport in the State of Kentucky. Each inductee will receive a bronze plaque that will hang inside Louisville’s Freedom Hall. Past inductees include Muhammad Ali, Pee Wee Reese, Pat Day, Denny Crum and many more. This semi-formal event includes a silent auction, dinner, and a program. All proceeds from this event benefit Kosair Charities. For Tickets: http://www.KAHF16.eventbrite.com.

Kosair Charities® & the Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame proudly presents its Class of 2016

Class of 2016
Press Conference: April 18 at 10 a.m.
Event Date: June 2  at 6 p.m.

Darel Carrier- Scored 3148 pts (64 point game) in HS. All American at WKU (50 point game). Broke WKU scoring record 26 ppg. In ABA, averaged 20 ppg (53 point game), led 3-point percentage, best Free Throw percentage(89.19 in 1969-70),three-time All Star Team member, and made Top 30 All-Time Team. Voted 6th Best Backcourt (with Louie Dampier), Top 25 Shooting Guards, and Top 50 Free Throw Shooters in the history of the professional game. Leading scorer in World Tournament. 1967 Gold Medal winner in Pan American Games (scored 32 pts -a record that has not been broken).

Kyra Elzy- One of the best girls’ basketball players from Kentucky, Kyra Elzy earned Eighth Region Player of the Year and All-State honors each of her final three seasons at Oldham County.  A two-time All-America selection by Parade Magazine and Street & Smith, Elzy led the Lady Colonels to four district titles, two regional championships and a semifinal appearance at the 1993 KHSAA Girls’ Sweet 16®. Elzy went on to star at the University of Tennessee following he prep career and was a pair of two national championship teams.

Lakeside Swim Club, located in the highlands neighborhood of Louisville was founded in 1924 . Lakeside began its first swim team in 1928 and has provided a rich history and tradition of high level competitive swimming, boasting 10 Olympians (1940-2012), numerous champions and qualifiers in the World Games, Pan Am Games, Olympic Trials, NCAA, Nationals, and Kentucky Championships. The swim team continues to host the Ohio Valley Championships, the oldest annual swimming meet held in the USA, as well as one of the longest hosted Masters Swim Meet’s (adult competition) in the USA.  Numerous swimmers, divers and coaches have earned local, state, and national accolades in their respective discipline while representing Lakeside. Lakeside’s reputation as one of the most unique swimming facilities is well-known throughout the country.

Philip Haywood is the head football coach at Belfry High School. After 41 seasons, he is the winningest coach in Kentucky history with a record of 403-129. Since moving to Belfry in 1984, he has a record of 331-97 in 32 seasons, including 5 state championships and 6 runners-up finishes. Philip has been named the C-J Coach of the Year 4 times, was USA Today’s National Coach of the Year in 2013, received the Blanton Collier National School Coach of the Year in 2014, and will be inducted into the National High School Coaches Hall of Fame in 2016.

Scott Davenport, a native of Louisville’s South End where he was an all-district player at Iroquois High School, is ingrained in the Commonwealth’s basketball culture. Davenport is the only head coach to win both the KHSAA and NCAA Championships. In ten seasons at Louisville’s Ballard High School (86-96), Davenport compiled a 258-69 record, which included the 1988 State Championship. Davenport’s collegiate coaching includes VCU (85-86), UofL (96-05), and Bellarmine University (Beginning in 2005), where he won the 2011 National Championship.

Shaun Alexander began his football career as the running back for Boone County Rebels Legendary Coach Owen Hauck. Shaun was 1994 Kentucky  Mr. Football, 1993/1994 All State, was an All American, and was the ESPN #1 HS Recruit his senior year. His senior year at Boone County, Alexander has 3501 yards and 54 TDs. In his HS career he scored 110 TDs and rushed for 6657 yards. Alexander attended the University of Alabama he was named 1998/1999 All SEC, 1999 SEC Player of the Year, and NCAA All American. He left Alabama as the all-time rush and touchdown leader. In 2000, Alexander went first round to the Seattle Seahawks. He played in the Pro Bowl three times, was named All Pro twice, was named to the NFL 2000 All decade team and was 2005 NFL MVP. Alexander was the first football player to grace the cover of EA Sports College and NFL video games. Alexander’s nickname is Mr. Touchdown because he is the only person to score 110 TDs in High School, 50 in college and 112 in the NFL. 

Joel Utley: This play-by-play broadcaster began describing the action of the Kentucky Wesleyan College Basketball games in 1961and by the time of his induction had called more than 1600 KWC games. Over those 55 year, Utley broadcast all 8 NCAA D-II title games won by KWC; 12 NCAA D-II Championship games and six straight title games all involving the Owensboro school. All were records. In addition to KWC basketball, Utley called high school football and basketball, plus KWC football until he began concentrating on basketball in the 1980s. A native of Madisonville, Utley’s love for basketball evolved by attending games officiated by his father, William Utley , a 1996 inductee to the KHSAA Hall of Fame. 

Events

Faces of Child Abuse Prevention Luncheon

Do you want to be the face of child abuse prevention? Keeping kids safe is an adult responsibility. Kosair Charities and the Face It Movement invite you to learn more about the faces of child abuse prevention and how you can promote change. Hear from lunch keynote speaker Rachael Denhollander – attorney, advocate, and educator and first woman to file a report and speak publicly against USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar, one of the most prolific sexual abusers. All proceeds and donations will support the Child Abuse Prevention fund at Kosair Charities. Special thanks to Honorary Event Chairs – Mr. W. Frank and Mrs. Paula Harshaw (Harshaw Trane). 

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